Petron goes 10-0 with straight-set win over Shopinas

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Petron completed a ten-game sweep of the preliminary round of the PLDT Home Ultera-Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference with a 25-19, 25-12, 25-23 win against Shopinas in the nightcap of a Monday triple-header at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The Blaze Spikers gained momentum in the middle part of the first set and withstood a mini-rally by the Lady Clickers to take the frame before dominating the second period.

Petron appeared to be on the way to the win as it took control of most of the set.

Shopinas, however, made things interesting late in the third set as Cha Cruz scored timely hits coupled by Petron errors to draw to within one at some points, the last at 23-24.

The Blaze Spikers escaped with the win after Cruz sent a free ball out in the final play.

Dindin Manabat led Petron with 18 points on 15 spikes, two blocks, and an ace, while Aby MaraƱo added nine on seven hits, a block, and an ace.

Cruz and Steph Mercado each tallied seven markers for Shopinas, which fell to a tie with Foton for second place at 5-4 entering their match on the last playdate of the prelims on Thursday. Foton defeated Cignal in an earlier match on Monday.